Sunday, January 31, 2010


Just wanted to post this up for anyone who wants to talk about Dark Knight or anything we discussed. All topics like vengeance, malice, is anyone really good?, and is working outside the law alright?

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  1. Introduction to the screening of the Dark Knight
    Dark Knight holds a place of honor as a proximate cause of the DCAD Film Club. In the Spring of 2009, I was introducing the Writing and Lit I course and, looking for a way to explain the character of ancient legendary heroes like Gilgamesh, I turned to the superheroes of comic books (sorry--graphic novels) and film, specifically the character of Batman in Dark Knight. At the time, I hadn't seen the movie, and Brandon Henry was quick to remedy the situation by lending me his copy on the spot. Over the course of spring semester and then into Writing and Lit II during the summer, we had frequent recourse to the films we had seen as we discussed the nature of the hero, of epic, and of tragedy; and we also discussed forming the club, which kicked off its inaugural season last semester with a series of six films loosely organized around the concept of the Quest. The general format of the meetings is to have brief preliminary commentary from a member of the faculty and from a student. Then we watch the film and follow up with refreshments and general discussion. (Films and refreshments come to us from our great benefactor Scott Strawson). We do a film every two weeks during the semester. (This semester's theme is Bad Guys and Failed Kingdoms: Bonnie and Clyde shows on 2/8, Unforgiven on 2/22, Fisher King on 3/8, The Mission on 3/22, and Satyricon on 4/5) Each film is announced by a unique, student-generated poster. Commentary for Bonnie and Clyde will be provided by Christine Tate and Anthony Campenelli, and a dynamite poster by Ryin Jones can be seen around the Dcad building and the Seville.
    One more word about Dark Knight. As I said, he was originally drafted into service to illustrate the character of the hero in works like the Epic of Gilgamesh, but he's proved a versatile fellow, and I think he may prove useful in illustrating some of the topics we're considering in the King Arthur and Robin Hood course this semester. It seems to me that the Dark Knight may embody a kind of postmodern ideal of chivalry, complete with a kind of courtly love. Additionally he points to that liminal region where the boundaries between lawman and outlaw, right and wrong become blurred, where kingdoms collapse, and the path of justice and integrity is obscure.
    But about this last, my friend, colleague, and bandmate Brandon Henry has more to say.